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Thinking about Journalism with Superman
Unformatted Document Text:  Thinking about Journalism with Superman 10 In her more recent incarnations, Lois Lane has been a stronger character. Like Clark Kent, she was rebooted in the 1980s so that she “became the comic book version of a modern feminist: a weight-lifting, gun-toting, fist-fighting fashion plate” who had a more equitable professional and romantic relationship with Clark. 57 Movies and TV series have followed suit to a degree. According to one scholar, Lois in Superman Returns “is unambiguously the equal of Superman in courage and determination.” 58 She even has won a Pulitzer Prize for a piece titled “Why the World Doesn‟t Need Superman” (although she recants the piece at the end). 59 In Smallville, Lois is a hard-driving journalist capable of beating up men and drinking them under the table. Much the same is true of the young woman in Smallville who serves as Lois and Clark‟s journalistic mentor, Chloe Sullivan. As editor of the high school paper and later as a Daily Planet reporter, Chloe draws upon a staggering array of well-placed sources in addition to stellar computer searching and hacking skills. The trunk of her red Volkswagen Beetle is full of surveillance gadgetry and defensive weaponry, including a flash grenade (“I like to come prepared,” she explains). 60 However, as often has been the case with Lois over the years, Chloe sometimes finds the journalistic mandate of seeking the truth to be fraught with complications. Especially in early seasons of Smallville, she is caught between two stereotypes of the female journalist: the overbearing aggressor and the caring nurturer. 61 Her newsgathering zeal collides with her unrequited crush on Clark. Gradually, she evolves past that in learning Clark‟s true identity and becoming his self-described sidekick. She even develops superpowers of her own for a time, including the ability to heal others. The actor who portrayed Chloe suggested that such changes represented positive growth for the character, indicating that her ambition, intelligence, and independence were becoming tempered with empathy. 62 As such, Chloe potentially could serve

Authors: Ehrlich, Matthew.
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Thinking about Journalism with Superman 10 
 
 
In her more recent incarnations, Lois Lane has been a stronger character. Like Clark 
Kent, she was rebooted in the 1980s so that she “became the comic book version of a modern 
feminist: a weight-lifting, gun-toting, fist-fighting fashion plate” who had a more equitable 
professional and romantic relationship with Clark.
57
 Movies and TV series have followed suit to 
a degree. According to one scholar, Lois in Superman Returns “is unambiguously the equal of 
Superman in courage and determination.”
58
 She even has won a Pulitzer Prize for a piece titled 
“Why the World Doesn‟t Need Superman” (although she recants the piece at the end).
59
 In 
Smallville, Lois is a hard-driving journalist capable of beating up men and drinking them under 
the table. Much the same is true of the young woman in Smallville who serves as Lois and 
Clark‟s journalistic mentor, Chloe Sullivan. As editor of the high school paper and later as a 
Daily Planet  reporter, Chloe draws upon a staggering array of well-placed sources in addition to 
stellar computer searching and hacking skills. The trunk of her red Volkswagen Beetle is full of 
surveillance gadgetry and defensive weaponry, including a flash grenade (“I like to come 
prepared,” she explains).
60
 
However, as often has been the case with Lois over the years, Chloe sometimes finds the 
journalistic mandate of seeking the truth to be fraught with complications. Especially in early 
seasons of Smallville, she is caught between two stereotypes of the female journalist: the 
overbearing aggressor and the caring nurturer.
61
 Her newsgathering zeal collides with her 
unrequited crush on Clark. Gradually, she evolves past that in learning Clark‟s true identity and 
becoming his self-described sidekick. She even develops superpowers of her own for a time, 
including the ability to heal others. The actor who portrayed Chloe suggested that such changes 
represented positive growth for the character, indicating that her ambition, intelligence, and 
independence were becoming tempered with empathy.
62
 As such, Chloe potentially could serve 


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